Thursday, September 18, 2008

New Submarine cable Lands in Bermuda

A new "Challenger" submarine cable linking the mainland U.S. to Bermuda has reached the island. Challenger span 1,445 km, and is designed with an initial capacity of 20 Gbps. The network can be scaled up to 320 Gbps. Work on the system started earlier this year and operations are expected to begin by early 2009.

The announcement was made by Alcatel-Lucent, in conjunction with Cable Co. Ltd., a Bermudian telecommunications company established by KeyTech Limited, North Rock Communications Ltd., and Transact Limited. Alcatel-Lucent is overseeing the entire project and providing a turnkey network for the Challenger roll-out, including responsibility for the network design, installation and commissioning. Alcatel-Lucent is deploying its 1620 Light Manager (ML) submarine line terminal, cables and power feed equipment, along with its 1678 Metro Core Connect (MCC). Financial terms were not disclosed.